To the Editor: Opposes parks assessment

Citizens, now that you’ve read all four reports of a citizen’s review of the claimed Ridgecrest Parks wants list of over $12 million and how much (almost all) has no firm cost estimates, is actually unneeded, and there have been exactly no proper moves by City Council to submit the idea of an assessment tax to pay for it to the public for discussion, there are just a few more interesting facts you need to know.

Did you know that the city sales tax revenue is projected by the city Finance Department to increase $500,000 per year for the next four years. So, in four years the city will have more than $2 million more in revenue than it does now. Never knew that, did you? That is because no public meetings to discuss the whole subject have ever been held. Did you further know that the extra cost to pay for increased city retirement funds costs is going up $200,000 per year for the next four years? So, we have a cost to the city that will be $800,000 more four years from now. Bottom line — in four years the city will have $1.2 million per year more income than it does now.

So, why in the world is a tax that brings in $500,000 per year needed when we will have over twice that coming in four years from now? Why weren’t you told this yet? Why is a private citizen having to divulge this? Could it have to do with the innate desire of governments to always want more tax income? Or something else? You decide. And when the sports groups people come knocking on your door campaigning for the tax, just say, “No — I pay too much tax already, good day.”

Just say “no” to more unneeded tax.

Mike Neel

Story First Published: 2018-04-13